Interview with Angie Stevens (Lizzie Willoughby)
Angie Stevens contacted me earlier in the year and graciously provided the following memories of her time on the show...
"I did a BBC film called 'Cicero, The Queen's Drum Horse'. It was shown during the Queens Jubilee Year. My younger brother was played by Todd Carty (Mark Fowler in Eastenders/Tucker Jenkins in Grange Hill). A short while after, the BBC offered me the part of Lizzie in Survivors. I didnít audition because they had seen me in
; I think it was the same director or maybe producer. Cicero
I was only thirteen years old and had just left
to start at Barbara Speakes Stage School in Drayton Manor High School West London. It was such a coincidence as I heard that Tanya Ronder who played Lizzie in the first two series was also at the school. She was in the year below me. I did feel worried that people might compare me to her and I was also worried that Tanya wouldnít like me as I was taking over her part. I didnít get to talk to Tanya much at school, I think there may have been a bit of rivalry, but we were both always in the school plays."
Excitement and Glamour!
"I remember being excited when I received the scripts through the post. I would read through them underlining my scenes and lines in red marker pen. I loved the filming; I used to have a nice lady chaperone that looked after me. I enjoyed the attention I got from being a child actor. I remember going to
Ipswichto film one episode. We stayed in a lovely hotel for a couple of nights. We filmed another episode in . We were always filming in farm houses or barns, not very glamorous!" Cardiff
Atmosphere on Set
"I can actually remember filming the scene from where your website picture of me comes from (see the first picture at the top of this page). I was sitting at the kitchen table with John and the dialogue was quite heavy. I remember another scene in a horse and cart going up a lane. It was always a nice atmosphere on the set, everyone was nice and friendly."
"I remember John being a quite well spoken boy; I think his dad was a director or producer (Terence Dudley - both director and producer on Angie's first episode and producer on the rest). My wardrobe was very drab; wellies, trousers, jumper and anorak."
"I was always excited at seeing my name in the Radio Times and watching the programme go out on a Wednesday night. Survivors was my last job as a child actor. I worked hard at school and at my dancing classes after school and at weekends. I loved acting and had hoped to continue with it."
Equity Card and beyond
"When I left school at 17 I worked as a professional dancer at home and abroad. I even did a stint as an illusionistís assistant to get my equity card. When I met my husband in 1988 I gave up performing and opened my own dancing school. I have two daughters aged six and twelve who both dance and I work as a Learning Support Assistant in my younger daughterís primary school."
"I look back at my time as a child actor with fond memories and I would love to see Survivors again just to show my daughters what their mum once did."
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